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Poster: AppleGirl Date: Jan 30, 2005 12:14pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Think!

Oh, yes. This movie has always struck a chord with me!

The bland middle manager guy who doesn't do anything in the spacious office while "the girls" in the cubicles outside do all the work is still a reality in most corporations I've worked at. Only difference now is that sometimes the middle manager guy is an equally ineffectual woman.

I think that this movie was probably shown to high school typing classes (otherwise known as "business classes") in 1958. At the time, the forward-thinking people would have believed Betty was wrong for not accepting new ideas. They would have completely missed the point that the middle manager guy was to blame for running a chaotic office.

Oh, and also, at most companies today, they would completely shoot down the "bright young newcomer" in favor of the old colleague, Betty. Seniority rules, and Betty as office manager would be totally respected, whether she deserves it or not.

Companies today tout the same concept that this movie presented in 1958: "Think outside the box." How many times have we heard this lately? And yet, how much innovation or "new ideas" do these companies actually encourage?

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